ERIC Number: ED357955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Technical Issues in the First and Second IEA Science Studies.
Keeves, J. P.
The first and second International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement Science Studies examined and compared science achievement in 19 and 26 countries, respectively. This paper considered 10 technical issues that arose in these 2 studies of science education and achievement. The issues discussed were the: (1) need for the development of a theoretical framework for cross-national studies of educational achievement; (2) need for national indicators of the conditions and outcomes of education; (3) difficulty of determining equivalent target populations in different countries; (4) difficulties related to longitudinal and cross-sectional studies; (5) methods of analysis; (6) units and levels of analysis; (7) problems in scoring the tests and scaling the achievement test data; (8) sample design and execution; (9) problems involving sampling errors and significance testing; and (10) translation and national variations in instruments. Appended information includes a list of 15 references; tables of sizes of achieved samples and response rates for the two studies; and schematic models of the context and components of the science curriculum, performance in science, and science achievement scale. (MDH)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, International Education, International Programs, Models, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Science Achievement, Science Education, Test Results, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement Tests